That in a nutshell is Javier Vazquez‘s reality.
In his 10 years employment, Vazquez has at least pitched 198 innings and at least won 10 games each season.
Coming off his best season in 2009, Vazquez went 15-10 with a 2.87 ERA, and his 238 strikeouts were the fourth-most in the majors. He was fourth in voting for the NL Cy Young Award.
For a fourth starter in a rotation, it sounds pretty sweet.
Questions remain if Vazquez can fair in the AL again, on a team where past baggage looms and in the new homer-friendly Yankee stadium.
In Vazquez’s corner, round two is an opportunity to prove himself again. The cards align for his success entering a sequence led by CC, AJ and Andy and a team fresh off a championship season.
Its time to let bygones be bygones.
So whether anyone agrees or not with their respective teams GM, the realities of a new season are now. The time is over for criticizing off-season moves, as whats done is done.
To practice what I just preached becomes much easier when the new player makes the team better.
Javier Vazquez, welcome back.